Devonport Services RFC

Devonport Services RFC do exactly what their name says, they are a rugby football club for members of the Services in the Devonport area. They play in the Western counties (west) league. The club's nickname is The Sporting Blues. The Rectory Grounds, near Kings Road, Devonport, has been the Service's home ground for around a century. There is an article on this website that looks at part of the history of the Rectory Field - up to 1950.

Devonport Services has an excellent reputation, not just for their playing skills but also for their development and training of youth in the sport; in this they are second to none in Britain. Full information on the club is available at the Devonport Services RFC website

Devonport Services RFC,
The Rectory Field,
2nd Avenue,

  • Telephone number 01752-562948
  • Director of rugby Dave Oakley
  • Fixtures secretary: Steve Lomax, 07742758534, email:
  • Secretary: Lt Rob Pond RN. email link
  • Youth Contact: Sam Matts (Chairman) 07775997280


The images on my website are being stolen excessively by the Facebook page called ‘Old Pictures of Devonport, Mountwise and other parts of Plymouth ‘ I have repeatedly asked the owner of that Facebook page, Michelle Joce, to be courteous to the amount of effort I put into this history website, and to stop pulling off my work (sometimes whole pages of mine including my text and images) and pasting it straight into her page. Now I see that some readers of her page are doing the same. At first Michelle complied with my request with many apologies, with removal of my material, and reassurance that it wouldn’t happen again. Now she blatantly continues to rip my site/images, has complained on her page that people who claim copyright are ‘bloody moaners’, and has blanked my own Facebook page from being able to see her page.

In view of the amount of time, energy and money this website costs me (yes Michelle, I actually pay for many of my images – largely purchased from eBay, and I pay for hosting my website to be online and I pay in terms of the many hours at my computer, firstly on Photoshop tidying up and cleaning the images, secondly on Visual Studio writing the HTML for the web page and thirdly with an FTP program uploading my work – it costs!) it is disappointing to see others spend just a few minutes at my site, ripping off whatever they feel like then departing cheaply – it costs them zero – and then they moan that I have copyright on all my pages.

- For those kind persons who have noticed what Michelle and some of her readers are doing, and have written to inform me and provide their support, thank you sincerely.
- For those readers of Michelle's page that have made kind references to my site and provided a link to me, that is very generous of you, and I thank you.
- For those who continue to steal my work whilst thinking it is me that is at fault for wanting to protect my efforts, have a heart eh? I’m asking real nicely for you to stop doing it. Thank you. This website is my old-age hobby, and my brain is slowing up these days, and with arthritis in my fingers I'm getting even slower, so sometimes adding just one new page can take me a couple of weeks to complete.

This notice will remain on every page of my site (around 260 pages) for a few weeks and will then be removed.